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Information Technology

 

wireless

Information

 

Los Medanos College is pleased to offer a number of wireless hot spots across campus. Below you will find configuration instructions, wireless locations (or hotspots), and general information about wireless. Use the links below to help you get started using the LMC wireless network.

Click the button below for wireless configuration instructions for your particular operating system:

help buttons Windows XP Windows Vista Macintosh

About Wireless
The locations where wireless access is available are called hot spots.  Wireless networking provides mobility and flexibility to faculty, students and visitors.  All devices meant to connect to the LMC wireless network must meet the following standards.  

Any user connecting to the Los Medanos College wireless network must abide by the policies set forth by the College.

Windows XP Setup Instructions

This document provides instructions for setting up a notebook computer to use the wireless network on Windows XP. It assumes that the wireless ethernet adapter is installed correctly and functioning properly. In most cases, Windows XP will automatically detect and install the proper driver for the adapter card. However, some wireless ethernet cards released after XP was introduced may not be automatically installed by and will need to have the drivers installed that are provided by the manufacturer. Please refer to the manufacture's installation instructions.

The examples in this document illustrate a correctly configured wireless connection. When setting up a new connection, the settings should match those shown here:

1

With XP started and no other programs running, click on Start>Settings>Network Connections and select the Wireless internet connection from that location. A new dialog box will open.

2

The Connect to Wireless Network and Wireless Connection Status windows will allow you to view wireless networks that are available in your location. To configure the wireless network, click the Advanced button or the Properties button to display the Wireless Network Connection Properties window. When the properties window opens, click on the Wireless Networks tab.

Click the box next to: "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings" to select it.

3

Click Advanced and select Access point (infrastructure) networks only.

4

Click Close to return to the properties window.

Next, click Add at the bottom of the "Preferred Networks" area. This opens the Wireless Network Properties window. In the box next to "Network name(SSID)" type LMC_PUBLIC and click OK. Make sure that WEP data encryption is disabled as the open wireless does not currently use this security feature.

5

In the Wireless Connection Properties window, click the General tab. This window displays the Ethernet card being used and the installed network protocols. TCP/IP must be installed for the wireless connection to work.

6

To verify that TCP/IP is configured properly click Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) so it is highlighted, then click the Properties button. This opens The Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) Properties window.

7

Under the General tab, be certain the following are selected:

Click OK. The network card is now configured to access the LMC_PUBLIC wireless network.

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Windows Vista Setup Instructions

This document provides instructions for setting up a notebook computer to use the wireless network on Windows Vista. It assumes that the wireless ethernet adapter is installed correctly and functioning properly. In most cases, Windows Vista will automatically detect and install the proper driver for the adapter card. However, some wireless ethernet cards released after Vista was introduced may not be automatically installed and will need to have the drivers installed that are provided by the manufacturer. Please refer to the manufacture's installation instructions.

On your desktop locate the computer icon in the task tray.  When you mouse over the icon you should see this:

1

Right click and choose Connect to a network.

2

Select the “LMC_PUBLIC” network and click Connect.

3

Click on the Connect Anyway choice after reading the warning.  You should see your device connecting.

4

Once you are connected to the LMC_PUBLIC network check the “Save this network” and “Start this connection automatically” boxes.

5

Close the dialog box.

The network card is now configured to access the LMC_PUBLIC wireless network.

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Macintosh Setup Instructions

  1. When connecting your Mac to a wireless network, one of the first things you’ll want to do is make sure that the AirPort icon is enabled in your Menu bar. If it’s already there, please skip down to Step 5.
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  2. Select the Apple Button (very upper left corner of your screen) and
    choose System Preferences
    from the drop-down list. From there, select Network.
    preferences

  3. Select AirPort entry, and click the Configure button.
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  4. Make sure the Airport tab is selected from the top menu, and then place a check in the box
    labelled Show AirPort status in menu bar
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  5. Click the AirPort icon in your menu bar, and you should be presented with a list of visible wireless networks. Select the LMC_PUBLIC network.
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Wireless Networking: Wireless Internet Locations/Hotspots

Wi-Fi Host Spot hereWireless Internet Hot Spots are areas where wireless networking is available. New Hot Spots are being added all the time. To find a Hot Spot, check the locations below and look for the wireless Hot Spot logo and signs.

Wireless networking is reliant upon:

Due to these factors, simply moving to a new location within a hot spot or changing your radio (B/G to A) may improve your connection experience.

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Hot Spot Locations By Building

College Complex (CC)
  • Most public spaces

College Core (CO)

  • Entire building

Child Care

  • Preschool area
  • Class 110

Library

  • Entire building

Science

  • Entire building

Math

  • Lab areas

Gym

  • Entire building

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LMC Wireless Use Policy

The College is providing wireless access to all students, faculty, staff and visitors as a convenience. By accepting this policy, you agree to the general provisions of all responsible computing policies adopted by the College and the Contra Costa Community College District. The activities associated with your wireless use need to follow the broad principles established in the Contra Costa Community College District’s Acceptable Technology Use policy.

By using the LMC wireless network, you acknowledge and agree to abide and conform to the following responsibilities: 

  1. Users should respect the privacy and personal rights of others and not access or copy another user's e-mail, data or other files without permission; 
  2. Users are responsible for using software and electronic materials in accordance with copyright and licensing restrictions and applicable college policies. Individuals using LMC's wireless network are required to abide by all applicable copyright laws and licenses. Both College policies and the law expressly prohibit the copying of software that has not been placed in the public domain and distributed as "freeware " and use appropriate precaution to protect their own privacy. "Shareware "users are expected to abide by the requirements of the Shareware agreement. LMC’s wireless network may not be used to violate copyright laws or license agreements. No one may inspect, change, copy or distribute proprietary data, programs, files, disks or software without the proper authority; 
  3. Due to the open and decentralized design of the Internet and networked computer systems in general, LMC cannot protect individuals against the receipt of material that may be offensive to them. Those who use the wireless network on campus are warned that they may receive material that is offensive to them. Likewise, individuals who use the LMC wireless network to make information about themselves public on the Internet should know that LMC cannot protect them from invasions of privacy. 
  4. LMC reserves the right to terminate or suspend individual use of the wireless network based on just cause such as hacking, phishing, unlawful file sharing or activities that interferes with the normal operation of the LMC network in general.

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